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Ukuzaji wa nafaka Kenya

Cereals are nutritious grains produced by cultivated plants  belonging to the grass family. Some of these plants are;

  • Wheat
  • Rice
  • Maize
  • Sorghum
  • Millet
  • Barley
  • Amaranth

In kenya, Maize is the most important cereal and it is utilised in many forms. Traditional cereals like Sorghum and Millet have almost become extinct because farmers stopped planting them and instead adopted maize. Maize is a labour intensive crop, requires high inputs and can only do well in a few parts of Kenya. The government has started a project to revive the the pest and draught resistant cereals like sorghum and millet named the 'Orphan Crops' project.

Production of wheat and rice in Kenya is way below the annual consumption requirement. Rice and wheat farmers have to deal with uncontrolled cheap imports of these 2 crops. Most of the barley grown in Kenya is used by the major beer brewer company that contracts farmers to grow for them.

Although Amaranth is generally grown as a vegetable for its edible green, red or purple leaves, its grain seeds have lately become very popular with the growing promotion of healthy eating. The grain is considered to be highly nutritious with medicinal value.

In this section, you will learn about the production, management, harvesting and processing of cereals in Kenya.

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